Through legislative and state government initiatives, BIAC works to improve the quality of life for people living with brain injuries while supporting initiatives to help prevent brain injuries from occurring. Information about current legislative efforts will be posted as it is available below. The content may change or be updated as we gather new information. Go to the Archives for information on previous sessions. For information on the ABI Waiver, click here.
The Brain Injury Alliance of CT has joined efforts with a state-wide coalition committed to advocating for the introduction and passing of state legislation for full, mandatory motorcycle helmet laws. Research consistently shows that full head protection saves lives as well as minimizes any potential injury to the brain during a motorcycle crash. Two bills which included helmet provisions were debated in 2019, with BIAC testimony below.
Read BIAC Testimony regarding Helmets from Julie Peters, Executive Director
Read BIAC Testimony from Bonnie Meyers, Director of Programs and Services
Read Testimony from BIAC Board Chair Sarah Raskin
While we were not able to get a law passed in 2019, we are continuing to work with the coalition to get legislation passed in 2020. If you would like to participate in our efforts, please contact Julie Peters.
BIAC is concerned with issues that remain significant barriers to individuals with disabilities in Connecticut. To this end, we oppose legislation that negatively impacts individuals with disabilities and those who have low income.
Brain injuries are not just a medical issue. A brain injury can affect every aspect of a person's life (e.g., legal, education, employment, social and family relationships, emotional health, and mobility). Connecticut continues to lag behind many states in its services for individuals with brain injuries. For these reasons, we support legislation which would increase the opportunities for individuals to be able to remain in their own communities, have access to transportation, housing and receive the services they need.